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Tew's Day 
15th-Feb-2011 07:35 am
Hello to new reader whiskeychick!

State of the 'Song

Rhysling Awards
This is the last day for nominations! My eligible poem is "Nine Things About Oracles", published in Electric Velocipede #20. Long-poem category. I will send you a copy if you like.

Books! Buy them!
The fabulous csecooney and wirewalking have books out from Papaveria Press! You can buy Jack O' the Hills (by csecooney) and The Winter Triptych (by wirewalking) through Papaveria or Amazon. And you should.

Drollerie Press is totally on board with releasing the books the way I wanted to! So you'll have My Empire for Ashes and Book One, then Jessa & Fenris's story and Book Two, then Mask and Marionette and Book Three. For the new kids - the ones not currently named One, Two, and Three are supplemental material, stuff that takes place before the main story or during the main story. They are not mandatory to read, but they give you a lot more of the world.

I especially like Mask and Marionette coming out with Book Three, because it shows you the complete reverse of Books One and Two in time for you to go "oh shit".

So my recommended reading order is Book One, then My Empire for Ashes. I think Book Two and Jessa's story could be read in either order. Then Mask and Marionette, then Book Three.

Yes I need titles. This was originally going to be a comic book series, and thus would only have needed one title. Hell, I'm mostly done with the Jessa and Fenris story and I don't have a title for it yet. Then again, I never thought I would see that one published anywhere.

My deadline for the first two books is May; MEfA is already done and in their hands, so I just have to finish (AND TITLE) Book One by then.

No Link Soup today; I had no internet time yesterday.

Daily Science
Imagine a spinning black hole so colossal and so powerful that it kicks photons, the basic units of light, and sends them careening thousands of light years through space. Some of the photons make it to Earth. Scientists are announcing in the journal Nature Physics today that those well-traveled photons still carry the signature of that colossal jolt, as a distortion in the way they move. The disruption is like a long-distance missive from the black hole itself, containing information about its size and the speed of its spin.

Work, writing. I am actually going to Diesel tonight! Social interaction! Whoa! I'll have new-kid hypnagogie with me, so come say hi. :)
15th-Feb-2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
This was originally going to be a comic book series, and thus would only have needed one title.

Gigglings; ask me about the giant snarl of title sorting which is Cinderverse sometime. I have to chart according to page title, chapter title, sub-volume title, whether or not the titles will be world-facing, because this determines stuff as basic as panel layout, oh yes. And how the CSS is authored (you know how you can dramatically change how your page looks in Wordpress by associating a tag and a body class? Turns out this is utterly necessary).

So, yeah, I sympathize, just kinda backwards.
15th-Feb-2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
You don't want the first title to be simply Shayara ?
16th-Feb-2011 12:44 pm (UTC)

As a clueless reader looking in a bookshop, a few years down the line from now, I'd probably get confused that there were a couple of books labelled as "One" and "Two" (whatever individual titles they had), and two more books clearly in the same... thingy... but not numbered. Sometimes that situation indicates that the first two books have been re-printed with numbers after the others had come out (That's happening at present with J.D. Robb's "In Death" series - WhyTF couldn't they have been numbered on their original release?). But then, I'd get even more confused if the main sequence of three books *weren't* numbered, as I wouldn't know which order to buy 'em in.

Maybe you need a sub-series title for the "auxiliary" books, so the overall scheme becomes something like:

Shayara Sidesteps: "My Empire for Ashes"
Shayara - Volume One: "The One With The Really Gripping First Title"
Shayara Sidesteps: "Jessa & Fenris's Wacky Adventures"
Shayara - Volume Two: "The Sequel That Would Not Be Second"
Shayara Sidesteps: "Mask and Marionette"
Shayara - Volume Three: "That's All She Wrote, Folks... Or Was It?"

And the "Shayara Sidesteps" (or whatever it's called) logo would be based on the main "Shayara" logo, but with a slightly small font to fit in the second word underneath, or something.

Possibilities for what to call the "meta series":
"Shayara Sidesteps"
"Shayara Parallels"
"Shayara Perspectives" (Ooh! I like that one. Seems to fit what you're saying about "Mask and Marionette" especially...)

OK, so I've given you some possible titles... for the books that already had perfectly good titles. Hm. I seem to be doing this all backwards.

Hang on, lemme go get a cup of tea...


Totally unrelated thing: Had you heard about this mess? zanda_myrande linked to it. I haven't done any background checking on it as (a) I wouldn't know where to start and (b) I've only just seen it.

Don't wanna distract your writeybrain at this critical time (SQUUUUEEEEEEE!!!! =:o> ), but I thought maybe you'd wanna know, and/or know who to flag it up to for further looking into.

Edited at 2011-02-16 01:06 pm (UTC)
16th-Feb-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
OK, confession time: I don't actually know enough about the story to make any sensible suggestions about the main series titles. [HANGS HEAD IN SHAME] This is largely 'cos I've looked in at various times on what's going on with Shayara, found it all a bit boggling, and thought, "I'll wait until there's a nice convenient dead tree edition that I can just start at the beginning and read through to the end." Words cannot express, for example, how much happier I was reading zanda_myrande's stories in "get away from the screen and stick a bookmark in me when you need a breather" form, as against reading them online, and those were fairly straightforward short stories.

So, yay, new pillow-pals; *PLUS* I get to join in properly with Shayara at last! =:o>

Edited at 2011-02-16 01:02 pm (UTC)
17th-Feb-2011 02:54 am (UTC)
|-------- what he said. I've been waiting for it to all be written and really out there at once before truly trying to take it in (aside from the bits I read a while back).

The structure of my book, well, books, does similar weird things. Books One and Three are the main story, and Book Two is like your sidestep/supplemental stuff. A lot of what appears to be background nothingness in the main story gets focused on in Book Two, fleshing things out a lot and explaining some stuff. The problem is that the narrator of the main story is very short-sighted and self-centered, so he's not really getting the big picture. Book Two is the big picture.

I wonder if I'll be able to publish them the way I want to, though. Got to get the damn things written first. Back to that...
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